Top wedding planning tips from a former bride

Are you planning your wedding for 2013? We have some very helpful tips for every bride from a former bride.

Are you planning your wedding for 2013? We have some very helpful tips for every bride from a former bride.

*Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate!!!

Never underestimate the power of being the customer. This is a recession after all!

*Cut your guest list. The quickest and easiest way to save money during the recession is to cut down on the numbers. Do you really need your third-cousin-twice-removed’s ex-girlfriend there? I think not. Be vicious!

*Shop around. For cakes and other easily accessible things - you will be surprised at the difference in prices. You could also get a friend to make it and have it iced in a shop.

*Don’t expect interest for every little detail by the groom-to-be.

*Try on different dress styles. Apart from finding ‘the one’ amongst them, you will have plenty of fun.

*Bring a spare bra to dress fittings. In case your dress fitter decides that you need a bra sewed into your dress.

*Invest in nappy pins. They are guaranteed to hold up any train, unlike the little loops of fabric dressmakers sew onto dresses.

*Don’t wear makeup to your dress fittings. If you look good in a dress without the slap, imagine how great you will look on the big day! Also, you don’t need to worry about it rubbing off on the dresses!

*Fake tan. Try a few different brands of fake tan. It will help you decide which one suits your skin-tone best and looks most natural.

*Never underestimate magic knickers.

*Don’t sweat the small stuff! No one will notice that your mass booklets matched the bridesmaids’ dresses! Concentrate on the bigger things like your partner and the guests!

*Sleep. Don’t live and breathe weddings seven days per week. Take time for the two of you so that you can both remember why you are getting married in the first place.

*Sort out the pre-marriage course and legal documents ASAP. Most couples tend to book the band before they check out the legal process. You have to give three months notice to the state for a civil marriage, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Some parishes have different dates and requirements for pre-marriage courses, so check them out in advance.

*Book a videographer. You will float through the day so it is great to have the wedding on tape to help you relive and cherish every minute. You will be surprised to see moments that you may have missed.

*Make lists. They start out long, but bit by bit they get completed and give you a sense of control over the planning. Split them into months and you will find it easier to get everything completed in manageable chunks.

*Write down a list of the photos you want. It is easy to forget that you want a picture with your best friends when everything else is going on. You will regret it later if you forget.

*Relish every moment and make sure to eat. It is easy to get so caught up in the excitement that you forget to eat. You’ll be hungry by 3am when it is much harder to find food!

*Delegate, delegate, delegate. You are not a superwoman (sorry to burst that bubble) and you don’t want to tire yourself out or to make yourself ill before the wedding!

*Remember your guests - Let your guests know you are thinking of them by organising the day with them in mind! It will help you not just have a good wedding, but a great wedding!

*Above all else, enjoy yourself! The planning and excitement will not last forever. It goes by in a breath and you deserve to enjoy every minute of it!